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Tri Ta

For OC Water Board



Tri Ta was appointed to the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board of Directors in September 2018. He also serves as mayor for the city of Westminster, Calif.

Director Ta was elected in November 2016 to serve his third term as mayor. Tri Ta was first elected to the Westminster City Council in November 2006 and re-elected in 2010.  In 2008, he was selected to serve as mayor pro tempore. Director Ta became the first Vietnamese-American elected mayor in the United States with his victory in November 2012; he was re-elected as mayor in November 2014.

Prior to being elected to the council, he served as a commissioner for the city’s Energy Committee and Advisory Committee for the Disabled. Tri Ta currently represents Westminster on the Orange County Fire Authority Board of Directors serving on its Executive Committee and Budget and Finance Committee, the Orange County Council of Governments, the Orange County Public Library Advisory Board, and the Orange County Transportation Authority Central County Corridor MIS and I-405 Policy Working Group. He also serves as council representative to the city’s Water Rate Structure Committee, Zoning Code Update Committee, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion Advisory Committee, and Energy Committee.

Director Ta was born in Saigon, Vietnam. He came to the United States with his family in 1992 at the age of 19. He then received a B.A. in political science and has completed the requirements for an M.A. in International Relations. Director Ta appreciates the opportunities given to him by the political process and democracy in the United States, leading him to begin working as a legislative representative in 1998.

From 1998 to 2006, Director Ta worked as a career consultant and then as an employment counselor. This enabled him to help numerous families from many ethnic groups become self-sufficient and less reliant on public assistance by developing better job searching skills, and/or adequate vocational training to obtain sustainable employment. He also helped with a variety of supportive services, including, but not limited to, transportation, childcare, housing, shelter, and ancillary.

Over the years, Director Ta had been active in many non-profit organizations, committees and projects, including the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations (UVSA), New Horizon, Orange History Program, National Alliance of Vietnamese American Service Agencies (NAVASA), Rancho Santiago Community College District’s Measure Advisory Committee, Giving Back Program, Asian Pacific National Steering Committee, and Kiwanis International. He is frequently sought after by universities as an inspirational speaker whose ultimate message to the youth is “follow your dream ’til the end.”

Director Ta resides in Westminster with his wife, Anh Doan, and their two daughters Trianh and Trimy.




Campaign Statement:

Appointed Director, Orange County Water District,Division 4

It is my privilege serving as your representative on the OrangeCounty Water District. Water should be pure, plentiful andaffordable.
Under my leadership, the Orange County Water District has achieved:

  • Kept water rates low
  • Developed new drinking water supplies
  • Supported water conservation measures
  • Increased testing to safeguard water quality

In these challenging and unstable times of Covid-19, I have workedhard to ensure that you have a stable and reliable water supply. Mypolicy is always to keep the best reliable water with the most costeffective strategy for everyone because it is an essential service.That is why I have earned the endorsement from:

Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do
Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel
Orange County Water District Director Cathy Green
Stanton Mayor Dave Shawver
Cypress Mayor Rob Johnson
Huntington Beach Councilmember Patrick Brenden
Seal Beach Councilmember Thomas Moore
Buena Park Councilmember Beth Swift
Los Alamitos Councilmember Dean Grose

This November 3rd election, I respectfully ask for your vote tocontinue the trusted leadership you deserved.

In service,
Tri Ta